for full contact tournaments
Karate Organisation, Kyokushin Kai (Matsushima)
These rules are those currently applying in Australia.
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the rules in PDF document format)
and fighters must be aware that there can be some situations where
these rules will differ from those applying in a particular country.
such a difference exists, it is these rules that shall apply.
Likely areas of difference are:
A fighter with a genten and there is no other score, must lose.
There must be 3 votes for any decision or penalty to be awarded.
Judges and referee’s must make a decision at the end of
the final extension, even if there is no score or the scores are
Officials should be aware that calling a draw at the end of the
extension, is NOT acceptable.
In the absence of a score or the score being equal, there are
many other criteria for a judge to use to make a decision.
is allowed in the first round.
A deliberate kin geri will receive a genten.
match area shall be 8 meters square and devoid of hazard.
panel of judges and the review panel shall have equal authority
in judging the events, but the final decision rests with the review
Duration of a Bout
bouts shall be either 3 minutes or 2 minutes as decided by the
The tournament officials may decide that the elimination bouts
be of a shorter duration.
and officials shall be notified of the time allowed for elimination
bouts, normal bouts and extensions before the commencement of
When a decision cannot be reached by a majority of the match officials,
a draw is declared and an extension is granted.
One extension only is permitted except in the case of a final
where 2 extensions are permitted.
The bout must continue immediately the decision to grant an extension
is taken. There will be no rest period allowed.
The tournament officials may decide that the extension bouts be
of a shorter duration than the original match.
At the end of the extension in a non-final match, and the second
extension in a final match, the judges cannot declare the bout
a draw and each judge must declare a win to one of the fighters.
Result of a Bout
result of an individual bout shall be determined by a contestant
Ippon (full point)
Two waza ari (2 half points make 1 ippon)
By obtaining a kiken (the opponent gives up or does not appear)
By shikkaku (the opponent is disqualified)
By Hantei (decision of the judges and/or referee)
Full Point Victory
Excluding the techniques listed as fouls, a Full Point victory
is awarded for a thrust (tsuki), kick (geri) or elbow (hiji) that
vigorously downs an opponent for more than 3 seconds OR that results
in the opponent’s loss of will or ability to fight for more
than 3 seconds.
contestant gaining two (2) waza-ari (half points) shall be awarded
a Full Point victory.
Half Point Score
the techniques listed as fouls, a thrust (tsuki), kick (geri)
or elbow (hiji) that vigorously downs an opponent for less than
3 seconds; or results in the opponent’s loss of will or
ability to fight for less than 3 seconds; or that causes the opponent
to lose balance for less than 3 seconds AND the competitor remains
standing and resumes the bout.
Excluding the techniques listed as fouls a foot sweep followed
up immediately by a well focused but non-contact downward punch
(gedan tsuki). The gedan tsuki must contain all the correct elements
that would normally apply to a standing technique.
In relation to item 1 – it must be clearly realized that if
a competitor breaks off fighting because they have been hit and
returns to the starting spot without the referee calling “Yame”
then that competitor is liable to have a waza-ari awarded against
Victory by Decision (Hantei)
no full-point victory has been declared victory is awarded by
decision of the 4 corner judges and the referee as follows:
a. When three or more judges award the bout to
the same competitor that competitor must be declared the winner.
b. The referee has a vote and must cast it. If
there are 2 flags for red or white or a draw the referee must
use his/her vote and declare for one of the fighters or call a
draw. If the referee casts a vote for a draw he/she will declare
c. In all other situations with the judges flag
signals the Referee MUST declare a draw.
d. No decision can be declared unless there are
at least 3 of the 5 officials (referee & 4 judges) in favour.
A decision of the judges cannot be overturned unless there has
been an error under the rules. (eg there was no score and red
had a genten but the judges voted for white.)
there is no score and one competitor has had a genten awarded
against him/her the judges MUST declare victory to the other competitor.
a competitor has been awarded both a waza-ari AND a genten the
judges MAY declare victory to that competitor. In this situation
the Genten may be considered as - 0.5 and the waza-ari as + 0.75,
thus leaving a score of + 0.25.
both competitors have scored a waza-ari, but one competitor has
also had a penalty the judges shall declare victory to the competitor
that does not have the penalty. Using the formula expressed in
3, the competitor with the waza-ari would have + 0.75 whilst the
competitor with the waza-ari and the Genten would only have +
a competitor executes a foul technique and the competitor fouled
cannot continue the match the judges must first decide on the
appropriate penalty for the foul. Provided the competitor who
fouled is not disqualified he/she will be awarded the match.
a competitor causes an injury to himself/herself and cannot continue
(eg, trips and hurts the knee) the match is awarded to the other
Fouls and Terminology
Touching the opponents face or head even lightly with any part
of the arm (ganmen kogeki)
Groin kicks (kin geri or kinteki oshi)
Head thrusts (atama tsuki or zutsuki)
Attacking the opponent whilst the opponent is on the floor (except
for Half Point Score item 7.4). For the purposes of this clause
an opponent is considered “on the floor” when 3 parts
of his/her body are touching the floor.
Attacking the opponents back whilst it is turned towards his/her
opponent. This does not extend to a technique commenced prior
to the opponent executing a turning technique. (eg back kick)
Holding, pushing or shoving with fist or open hand. (shotei or
Any technique that the referee may regard as foul or unfair or
not in the spirit of the tournament.
Grabbing the opponents gi or clothing (tsukami).
Direct attacks to the knee.
If a competitor contributes to his own injury by avoiding a legal
technique and that technique then hits the competitor in a prohibited
place, the technique shall not be deemed a foul (eg. If a competitor
avoids a Gedan mawashi geri by shifting his leg back and then
gets hit in the groin).
If a competitor is so over-excited or aggressive and becomes a
danger to himself/herself or the opponent.
Feigning an injury or exaggerating the effects of an injury.
If a kin geri is deemed to be deliberate a genten will be awarded.
Taking a drink at any time whilst the match is in progress. For
the purposes of this clause a match is deemed to be in progress
from the time the competitor enters the competition area until
the referee announces the winner of the match and indicates for
the competitor to leave the competition area. This “in progress”
time includes all extensions of the match.
A contestant who fails to obey the referee’s instruction/s
during a bout.
A contestant who is late or who fails to appear for a bout.
A contestant who has received 2 genten.
A contestant who has received shikkaku.
A contestant who remains facing his/her opponent, and does not
or is not prepared to engage in fighting, for more than 30 seconds
will be regarded as lacking the will to fight and will be disqualified.
Both contestants in a bout may be disqualified under this clause.
Private Warning: – no penalty applies.
Chui: – public warning to the competitor.
Genten: – This is a serious foul and is a minus half point.
A genten can only be overridden by scoring a waza-ari.
Shikkaku: – This is disqualification.
Procedure for starting a bout
Shomen ni rei: – The contestant face the official seats
Sushin ni rei: – The contestants face the referee and bow.
Otagai ni rei: – The contestants face each other and bow.
– The contestants assume their fighting positions.
Hajime: – Begin
Procedure during a bout
– stop immediately.
Kamaeta: – after stopping the fight, take up your fighting
Zokko: – continue (go on, attack)
Procedure for ending a bout
Yame: – stop immediately.
Both contestants face the official seats.
The referee calls for the decision of the judges.
After the decision has been announced: (see Declaration of a Decision)
1. Shomen ni rei: – The contestant face the official seats
2. Sushin ni rei: – The contestants face the referee and
3. Otagai ni rei: – The contestants face each other and
4. The contestants shake hands and leave the fighting area.
Declaration of Fouls
referee shall announce the reason for the foul (tsukami, etc) and
Chui Ichi (first warning) – The referee points to the abdomen
of the contestant and declares: Aka (Shiro) Chui Ichi.
Chui Ni (second warning) – The referee points to the abdomen
of the contestant and declares: Aka (Shiro) Chui Ni. The referee
then points to the face of the contestant declares Genten Ichi
(minus half point).
procedure for the third chui is the same as for the first chui.
Chui Ni (second warning for the second time) – The referee
points to the abdomen of the contestant and declares Aka (Shiro)
Chui Ni, then points to the face of the contestant and declares
Genten Ni – Shikkaku. The referee then immediately points
to the outside of the fighting area and the contestant should
leave the fighting area immediately.
Declaration of Genten without a prior chui being awarded:
Genten Ichi (first foul) – The referee
points to the face of the contestant and declares: Aka (Shiro)
Genten Ni (second foul) – The referee points
to the face of the contestant and declares: Genten Ni Shikkaku.
The referee then immediately points to the outside of the fighting
area and the contestant should leave the fighting area immediately.
Shikkaku (disqualification) – The referee points to the
face of the contestant and declares: Aka (Shiro) Shikkaku, the
referee then immediately points to the outside of the fighting
area and the contestant should leave the fighting area immediately.
Declaration of a Decision
The referee stands in a position so that he/she can see all of
the judges flags.
referee then announces Hantei Torimasu (I will take your decision)
and then calls Hantei. At this time the judges indicate their
decision with their flags.
The referee will then count the flags, declare his/her vote and
then announce the winner or declare a draw.
In the case of a drawn bout the referee shall declare hikiwaki
(draw) and indicate by crossing both arms down in front of the
body. The extension bout must begin immediately following this
The referee cannot override a majority decision of the judges.
If a decision contravenes the rules (eg, there was no score and
one contestant had a genten and the judges voted for the competitor
that received the genten) the referee will call in the judges
and inform them that they have contravened the rules and then
call for the decision again.
Strapping is allowed to be used by competitors.
Any official or competitor may object to over-strapping.
The final decision on over-strapping shall rest with the doctor
and/or the Head Referee.
No contestant may strap over any part of the body that is used
to strike or kick the opponent, except for a cut knuckle that
is bleeding and in this case a crepe bandage may be put over the
Each competitor must wear a mouth guard and a groin guard, and
will not be permitted to compete without these items.
The tournament doctor may make a decision that a competitor cannot
continue in a bout or enter the next round and that decision is
Any competitor receiving an injury cannot enter the next round
without approval from the tournament doctor.
Any competitor being knocked out or knocked down during a tournament
will not be permitted to compete in another AKKA Knockdown tournament
for at least 30 days.
No bout will be permitted to commence without the tournament doctor
No competitor shall compete under these rules if they have tested
positively for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or H.I.V. OR if they
have any disease that may be transmitted to another person through
saliva, sweat, touch or bodily contact.
Criteria for Decision
a bout goes full time the referee will call for a decision of the
judges and each judge must vote.
criteria (not listed in any order of preference) may be used by a
judge to assist in determining his/her vote.
Has there been a waza-ari ? (in normal circumstances a waza-ari
should be considered sufficient advantage to award a win).
Has there been a Chui?
Has there been a Genten?
Has there been a warning ?
The ability and skill shown.
Comparative excellence in strategy.
Number of escapes from the fighting area (intentional or otherwise).
Number of attacking moves.
Did one competitor just "survive"?
The number of effective impacting techniques.
General attitude and demeanor of each contestant.
organizing bodies have the right to include some or all of these
weight categories in a particular tournament. They also have the
right to include
weight limits for the above will be set by the organizing body.
weight divisions are:
Male Lightweight: Up to and including 70 kilograms
Middleweight: More than 70 kilos and up to and including 80 kilograms
Heavyweight: More than 80 kilograms
Open: no weight limit
Lightweight: Up to and including 60 kilograms
Heavyweight: More than 60 kilograms
Tameshiwari is to be included in an event (this decision rests with
the organising body) the following will apply:
Normally the tameshiwari will not commence before the round of
The materials to be used will be supplied by the tournament organizing
body and will be checked by the Chief Referee. They must be 33
centimeters long, 21 centimeters wide and 24 millimeters thick.
Points are awarded on the number of boards broken. The winner
of the tameshiwari competition (the highest number of points)
need not be the same as the tournament winner.
Each contestant must break a minimum of 3 boards with:
a. Seiken (Fist)
b. Shuto (Knife Hand)
c. Hiji (Elbow)
d. Sokuto (Knife Foot)
contestant may attempt to break the minimum number, or any number
above the minimum, in the first attempt. If the contestant fails
to break all the boards that contestant will be given a second
chance at the minimum number of boards.
If a contestant fails to break the minimum the score is 0 (zero)
for that break.
The support apparatus (blocks, stands, etc) will be supplied by
the organizing body.
Contestants are not allowed to touch or move the boards or the
supporting apparatus. This can only be done by one of the Tameshiwari
Towels or other materials may be placed on the top of the boards,
but this is subject to the permission of the Tameshiwari officials.
The time allowed for each break is 2 minutes and contestants will
be warned 30 seconds before the expiration of the time limit.
Overtime is considered a failure to break the boards.
In the event of a tie the lightest person shall be the winner.
However, if the contestants weights are within 5 kilograms of
each other a further break is required using a technique chosen
by the contestant. The number of boards required and the technique
to be used must be given in writing to the official table by the
In the case of a successful break the contestants sit down in
In the case of an unsuccessful break the contestants remain standing.
Any contestant refusing to break will be disqualified from the
Shomen Ni Rei – The same as the opening of a bout
Mawatte Rei – Turn around and bow with osu
Ichi, Ni Tsuite – Ready
Hajime – Begin
Kansui – All the board have been broken.
The Tameshiwari official raises his arm 45 degrees, announces
the competitors number or name and indicates the number of
boards broken and then states Kansui
– The breaking test has failed.
The Tameshiwari official crosses his arms in front and waves
from side to side (same as Torimasen), announces the competitors
number or name and Shippai